Excellent podcasts - I take my hat off to everyone involved. Listening to them, it really points out how times have changed since I was 12 years old.
These efforts by these two young ladies continue to impress mightily.
Warner, Colin, in 1978, when I was 15, I was what some would have called a computer genius - or at least a computer wiz kid. (Whatever that means). When I was a kid, if you wanted a computer, you had to build it - either from a Heathkit - or better, from scratch. In either case, you started with chips and circuit boards to wire wrapping and soldering. The one megahertz 8-bit CPU in my H-8 wasn't fast by today's standards, but I never complained. (I simply clock doubled it to TWO megahertz and added beefy cooling to the chassis.)
I once read an article, about 20 years ago, that attempted to explain why so many young computer wizards had appeared on the scene all at once. (Aside from the fact that computers were suddenly available to the masses; at least those with the money and time to build one.)
The article, as best as I remember, offered these reasons:
Young people often:
- Have lots of time
- Are infinitely curious
- Are not intimidated by the dreaded "BDOS ERROR ON DRIVE A:" (If you remember CP/M you'll get it)
- Are willing to experiment to find a work-around
- Will spend hours, trying to make something work (i.e. Text Adventure)
- Usually don't care what others think about their computer efforts
- Take satisfaction in leaning/knowing things others don't (or won't)
I love encouraging my children - and children in general - to explore technology. That's why I enjoy robotics outreach programs where I get to dress up like this. I wish that when I was a kid, I had access to everything that they have now.
I look forward to seeing what my children will accomplish as they grow up. I look forward to learning from them, too.